Tropical Storm Elsa will stay to the south of the Seacoast but will help alleviate drought conditions with a heavy rainfall.

It will already be raining as Elsa approaches from the southeast towards Cape Cod on Thursday evening according to National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Elair which will just get heavier on Friday.

"There will be a little bit of a lull in the morning but then rain picks up again in the afternoon and evening. We're looking for about 1-2 inches along the Seacoast with a couple spots a little higher," Elair told Seacoast Current.

The winds will come out of the southeast as the storm starts and swing around to northeast.  Gusts of 10-15 mph will be the most noticeable along the immediate coast which is good news for those who hope to catch a wave.

"It will kick the waves up a little as it goes by but we're not expecting a long lasting surf event," Elair said.

Between the rain over the Independence Day holiday and Thursday and Friday Elair said we're making up the rain deficit which has led to drought conditions.

"We're chipping away at it finally. There will be enough to actually help with it," Elair said.

Projected path of Tropical Storm Elsa as of 2 p.m. Wednesday (National Hurricane Center)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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